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Social Networking, Social Movements, and Saudi Arabia: A Review of Literature

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Author Abdul Aziz Aljabre
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 161-168
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 2
Issue Date March 01, 2013
Publishing Date March 01, 2013
Keywords Social networking sites, Arab Spring, Saudi Arabia, Face book, Twitter, Censorship


The Middle East and northern Africa have been thrown into upheaval as social movements have grown and taken hold in many of the countries. The role of social networking sites in these recent uprisings has been largely debated. Whether or not social networking sites such as Twitter and Face book played any real part in the social movements has been downplayed on many occasions. However, others have highlighted their use as key. Yet amidst the chaos during the Arab Spring, Saudi Arabia has largely gone unaffected by social movements. There has been disagreement as to why the citizens of Saudi Arabia have not rallied against the government. This paper delves into this issue by first providing background on social networking sites’ users, the permissibility of free speech and their role in the Arab Spring in order to explore how Saudi Arabia was able to evade social uprising despite the movements that arose throughout the area. The author concludes that even though the Internet in Saudi Arabia is actively censored and social networking sites are not, therefore it has been the social changes that the government has made in response to outcry from the public that has allowed the country to evade uprising.

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